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Its nearly Christmas and the gyms are still busy with people striving to get rid of the extra pounds to not only look good for the Christmas festivities but to be able to indulge in all the food and drink. So why is it so hard to get rid of those extra pounds? No matter how much you go to the gym and reduce your calories.
Top 7 reasons you are not losing weight:
1) Under eating
This is so common in women especially, thinking that the less they eat the more weight they lose. WRONG! I’m not going to talk about starvation mode. The issue with under eating is that you will lose your regular period, your skin and nails will get bad, your moods and energy low and ultimately this is NOT the best way to lose weight. Plus, you’ll end up binging as this is not a sustainable way to live.
2) Eating the wrong foods
When you choose convenience foods like low calorie you are eating artificial foods with an increase in sugar and salt. Whether they are ready meals and fast food, they’re just as bad as each other. Start looking at the ingredients rather than the calorie content. You want to eat a diet with lots of fibre, healthy protein, and healthy fats. You will actually be able to eat more of these with no calorie counting, as they are REAL foods. Eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods. Much more sustainable.
3) You’re not eating fat
People are seeing fat as bad and it will make you fat but you need to stay away from bad fats not the good ones. Bad fats are refined omega-6 rich vegetable oils. Polyunsaturated fats from soybean, canola, and other seed oils are inflammatory. Avoid them if you want to be healthier and lose weight.
Omega 3 fats like coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter, fish rich in omega 3s, and extra-virgin olive oil. These healthy fats promote healthier gut bugs, lower inflammation levels and actually increase weight loss.
4) Thrashing yourself in the gym
Working out too often could be hindering your weight loss efforts. Exercising everyday (sometimes twice) will increase your cortisol levels (your body doesn’t know the difference between exercise stress and normal stress). High cortisol means your body can’t burn off fat – it’s too busy trying to balance out your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Instead of intense workouts, try something more restorative like walking, pilates, swimming or yoga. Try it, and notice what you notice.
5) Not focussing on your gut
Some evidence by Dr Mark Hyman, Functional Doctor “Obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem, resulting from an intake of inflammatory omega 6s and not enough anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Some bacteria produce toxins that trigger inflammation, insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and therefore, promote weight gain”.
It’s not a coincidence that obesity has increased as well as stress and digestion problems. A study done on twins comparing both lean and obese gut bacteria variety and the lean had a lovely abundance of different types of bacteria compared to the obese who had a lot less diversity .
Increase your variety of fibre, fruit and veg and start introducing some fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi and notice your energy increase and your weight decrease
6) Being dehydrated
Water actually boosts your metabolism and adds less strain to the body when dehydrated. Just because you’re not thirsty, doesn’t mean you don’t need water. We are made up of 70% of the stuff and NO ONE in the world will be at peak health without consuming at least 8 large glasses of water everyday. NO, coffee and fizzy drinks do not count.
7) Not getting enough Sleep
Big factor and always over looked. I explained more about the importance of sleep in last weeks article. Not sleeping enough (less than seven hours of sleep per night) can reduce and undo the benefits of dieting, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the study, dieters were put on different sleep schedules. When their bodies received adequate rest, half of the weight they lost was from fat .
There is more info if you follow the reference link on how poor sleep changes fat cells and makes you crave bad foods and more. Soooooo, make sleep a priority when it comes to losing weight.
When I work with clients I have a through consultation about food but more importantly their lifestyle as these factors like sleep and stress impact weight management above anything else, including food. If you want to lose weight and gain your energy levels back, get in touch – www.larajezeph.com/lets-talk